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In this Migration Policy Institute event, immigration experts with decades of policy experience in and out of government examine issues at the heart of immigration reform, including: How would the registration process of a legalization program for unauthorized immigrants best be designed and implemented? How should future flows for needed workers be determined? And what will be the effects of barring access to services for the newly legalized? MPI President Demetrios G. Papademetriou discusses lessons from IRCA, economic issues, and mechanisms to allow for future immigration flows; Muzaffar Chishti, Director, MPI Office at NYU School of Law, discusses labor concerns and provides a conclusion on political realities; Michael Fix, Senior Vice President and Director of Studies and Co-Director, National Center on Immigrant Integration Policy, addresses impacts on immigrant integration, including impacts on healthcare costs; and Doris Meissner, Director of MPI’s US Immigration Policy Program, provides an overview on issues associated with a legalization program. Visit www.migrationpolicy.org/CIR for research on US immigration policy. Immigration and America’s Future: A New Chapter http://www.migrationpolicy.org/ITFIAF/index.php Harnessing the Advantages of Immigration for the 21st-Century Economy http://www.migrationpolicy.org/pubs/StandingCommission_May09.pdf+ More details
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Doris Meissner, Migration Policy Institute Senior Fellow, moderates a discussion on the intersections of immigration policy as it is in the law, current practices, and what may change in the context of immigration reform. Presenting research papers for a day-long MPI conference on the children of immigrants are David B. Thronson, Professor of Law, Michigan State University College of Law, and Hiro Yoshikawa, Walter H. Gale Professor of Education and Academic Dean, Harvard Graduate School of Education. Kelly Ryan, Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary for Immigration, Office of Policy, US Department of Homeland Security, remarks on how current immigration law affects immigrant children. Read the agenda and topics at http://my.migrationpolicy.org/p/salsa/event/common/public/?event_KEY=51027.+ More details
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Randy Capps, Senior Policy Analyst at the Migration Policy Institute, moderates a discussion on the health outcomes for the children of immigrants and health care. The following speakers present their research papers: Jennifer Van Hook, Director, Population Research Institute, and Professor of Sociology and Demography, Pennsylvania State University; and Leighton Ku, Professor of Health Policy and Director of the Center for Health Policy Research, The George Washington University. And Ajay Chaudry, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Human Services Policy in the US Department of Health and Human Services, offers remarks. This session is part of a day-long MPI conference, “Critical Immigration, Health, and Education Policies Affecting Young Children of Immigrants.” Read the agenda and topics at http://my.migrationpolicy.org/p/salsa/event/common/public/?event_KEY=51027.+ More details
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http://www.shusterman.com Immigration Attorney Carl Shusterman explains the proposed Comprehensive Immigration Reform bill. Schedule a legal consultation (by Skype, telephone or in person) at https://shusterman.com/intake-secure.html. The Comprehensive Immigration Reform bill passed by the US Senate in 2013 offers a pathway to citizenship for the 11 million undocumented immigrants in the US, mandatory employment verification, border security, entry and exit systems, and visas for both low and high-skilled workers. Some of the more significant changes proposed in the bill are to the family-based (FB) and employment-based (EB) immigration systems. For both systems, one major step toward eliminating backlogs would be to recapture unused visa numbers from 1992-2013 to be added to the numbers available for fiscal year 2015. While the bill would decrease the number of FB green cards available annually in the preference categories from 226,000 to 161,000, the immediate relative category would be expanded to include spouses and children of permanent residents. Also, for the first time, the bill would permit derivative beneficiaries of immediate relatives to immigrate along with the principal beneficiaries. New visa petitions for the F4 category for siblings of U.S. citizens would be phased-out after 18 months. F3 numbers would be limited to married sons and daughters of U.S. citizens 30 years old or younger. CSPA would be amended to provide that aged-out beneficiaries would retain their priority dates. Per-country quotas would be increased from 7% to 15%, further helping to reduce waiting times, especially for persons born in Mexico and the Philippines. For the EB system, the bill would eliminate the 7% per-country quotas, excellent news for high-skilled workers from India and China. It would also eliminate quotas for spouses and children of EB workers, persons in the EB-1 categories, low-skilled workers in the EB-3 category, individuals with doctorate degrees, and STEM graduates. STEM graduates would also be eligible to apply for National Interest Waivers and to skip the PERM process. Another big change would be the removal of the Diversity Visa Lottery, freeing up additional EB numbers. Helping foreign-born physicians, the bill would make the Conrad 30 program permanent and make both J and F visas dual intent visas, similar to H-1B and L-1 visas. The bill would also increase the number of H-1B visas to 115,000-180,000, depending on demand. Spouses of H-1B visa-holders would now also be able to apply for work permits. The bill would reinstate visa revalidation in the U.S., allowing non-immigrant visa holders to get a new visa without having to return to their home countries. For more information please visit our Comprehensive Immigration Reform bill page at http://shusterman.com/immigrationreform2013.html+ More details
This is the story of three UT students and their families who emigrated from Mexico and would be benefited by comprehensive immigration reform. The Gang of Eight plan could affect up to roughly 11 million undocumented people by providing them with a complex and long path to citizenship to residents that have been here since December 2011. Immigrants will also have to pass a background check, pay taxes, and pay a fine in the thousands of dollars. The bill could hit the Senate floor in June for its first legislative hurdle. Coming out of the Shadows introduces overlooked issues that have affected every aspect of the students and the lives in the U.S. It explores how the students feel about the negative stereotypes of their status as well as their struggles as children and now college students. The DREAMers express their emotions, fear of one’s own deportation and that of their families. The students once fought for the Dream Act and now are fighting for comprehensive immigration reform in order to include their parents in the movement. They are part of a UT organization, University Leadership Initiative, which informs the Latino community and encourages their participation.+ More details
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Michael Fix, Senior Vice President and Director of Studies at the Migration Policy Institute, gives an overview of a day-long MPI conference on critical immigration, health, and education policies affecting young children of immigrants, introducing speakers and session topics. Deborah A. Phillips, President of the Foundation for Child Development, which provided a grant for the conference, talks about the Young Scholars Program and some of the research leading up to the conference. Read the agenda and topics at http://my.migrationpolicy.org/p/salsa/event/common/public/?event_KEY=51027.+ More details
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This Migration Policy Institute event marks the release of the book, "Immigrants, in a Changing Labor Market," with a discussion on how to make the U.S. immigration system more effective in meeting labor market needs. The discussion features Jason Furman, Assistant to the President for Economic Policy and Principal Deputy Director of the National Economic Council; Georgetown Professor Harry Holzer, who was chief economist at the U.S. Labor Department; and the book’s editors, MPI Senior Vice President Michael Fix, President Demetrios Papademetriou, and Senior Policy Analyst Madeleine Sumption. The panelists discuss immigration at high-, middle-, and low-skill levels, current and proposed policy, how to measure labor shortages, and the flexibility that should be built into the U.S. immigration system. For more on MPI’s Labor Markets Initiative, visit, www.migrationpolicy.org/lmi Purchase a copy of the book at http://www.migrationpolicy.org/bookstore/labormarkets.php+ More details
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